Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Soria Scoreless Innings Watch

From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star:

Things couldn’t be going much better these days for Royals rookie reliever Joakim Soria. A happy newlywed — today marks nine days — and absolute domination out of the bullpen.

Soria extended his scoreless streak to 19 1/3 innings Wednesday night by working 1 1/3 innings in a 6-5 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

That moved Soria to within three innings of the club record for consecutive scoreless innings by a reliever, held by Rusty Meacham at 22 1/3 in 1994. The overall club record for scoreless innings is 33 by Kevin Appier in 1993.

The streak nearly ended last night when Coco Crisp barely missed a game-tying home run, but, as they say, close only counts in horseshoes and the Tour de France, where the winner will probably test positive for EPO and be stripped of the title.

Scoreless innings needed: THREE

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